Epic Rosé tasting in your backyard

In my experiences in the wine retail world, rosé is most misunderstood style of wine in the world. Or at least Louisiana. “I don’t drink sweet wine,” is the most common write off I hear when suggesting rosé. Some are sweet, yes. But there are a lot, some of my favorites, that are dry and complex. Continue reading this post …

Beard and Barrel went to Spain!

I was lucky enough to to be asked to tour the various vineyard and wineries of the Juan Gil Family in Spain this past June. Because I am a novice traveler, especially world traveler, it has taken me a little more time than I thought to get readjusted to life back home in Shreveport. I do often refer to myself …

Rose: A Great Utility Player

Most of the time when people see pink wine they automatically think it’s sweet. That’s a completely irresponsible thought process when it comes to rosé. I can’t tell you how many customers I have had that have shunned a patio-poundable, delightfully pink wine because, “I don’t like sweet wine.” If you have ever said or thought that, let me tell …

Beard & Barrel goes to Spain

I am so excited to announce that this Sunday, June 7th, I am boarding a flight and heading to Spain! I’ve been invited to visit and tour the vineyards of the Juan Gil Wine Family throughout the country’s various regions. I’ll be there for five days meeting wine makers, tasting wine and walking through vineyards.   Click here to read …

2013 Vi Novell, Montsant, Spain

Some of my favorite things in the world to indulge in are pork, wine and whiskey. Like Meatloaf said, “Two outta three ain’t bad.” Here we have a sexy little number from one of my favorite regions in Spain, Montsant. They produce rich and deep reds that can fool you into thinking your drinking some Cali juice if you were …

Vino Joven: A Young Wine

After being in the wine business for almost eight years, I’m always looking for something different to drink. In my never-ending quest to understand all things wine, I rarely buy the same bottle twice. It’s a self-imposed quest that really only validates my wine nerdgasms and justifies the two bookshelves of books about wine. Seriously, my Amazon Wish List is …

2013 Zocker Grüner Veltliner, Edna Valley, California

I know what you’re thinking… “What the Hell is Grüner Veltliner and why am I looking at it?” Grüner Veltliner is a special wine to me. It was one that stumped me when I first started in this industry and my customer basically made fun of me for not knowing what it was. “Never. Again.” I told myself. Finish reading …

2012 Lard Des Choix Red, Les Champs Libre, Rennes, France

Probably one of the more interesting wines I’ve come across. “Lard, des Choix” is a French play on words from “L’art des Choix” which means “the art of choice.” Lard = Pig which in turn means I’m already interested in this wine. Starting off, if this wine had a gender it would all dude. It’s rustic and rough but still …

2011 Joseph Jewell Halberg Vineyard Pinot Noir

I’ve always refered to Pinot Noir as the great red wine equalizer. It’s not too heavy for someone who likes lighter style reds and it’s not to light(depending on the producer) for the crowd that digs the heavy set wines like Cabernet or Merlot. Accessibility is how I would pitch them. Normally I throw out wines the are in an …

2013 Can Blau Red Blend, Montsant, Spain

Something I’ve come to understand in the wine business is that people have their go-to’s and certain wines from certain areas that they are willing to try out. Personally? I have no barriers when it comes to wine. Most of the time when I try new things I like, it’s because I wasn’t shopping for a Paso Robles red or …